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   Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1954, Abilene, Texas                               HOT EVENING FINAL "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT VOL. LXIII, NO. 382 ABILENE, TEXAS, TUESDAY EVENING, JULY PAGES IN TWO SECTIONS DAILY fe, SUNDAY 10e Tests Made InSnyder Jail Death SNYDER, July word had came from Austin Tues- day morning from tests being run in the death of a 16-year-old Ne- gro woman in the Scurry County Mabel Powell, arrested about p. m. Sunday at her home in Snyder. was discovered dead in her cell about an hour and a half later. Samples at blood and stomach Contents were sent to the State De- partment of Public Safety in Aus- tin for tests to help determine cause of death. District Attorney Benal Rosson laid Tuesday morning that word was expected soon from the de- partment but had not yet arrived Left Smyder Deputy Sheriff Buddy Norris left Snyder Monday morning with the samples. Justice of the Peace W C. Davidson is holding up a ver- dict' on cause of death until word tomes. He ordered an autopsy, which was performed by Dr. John Broaddus Sunday night. Also arrested with Mrs. Powell was her common-law husband, George (Chongo) Morris Jr., also 36. Their arresffollowed complaints by neighbors'after the two appar- ently had .a fight. They had been drinking heavily all day. Sheriff Homer .Whisnand said. He and Deputy Norris made the arrest and brought the pair into the jail. ta Cell The woman was put into a cell bed and a trusty, Anderson Davis, was assigned to keep an eye on her, Sheriff Whisriand said. Sometime later Whisnand was called to the cell to find her ly- ing on toe floor. She was pronounc- ed dead by a doctor. Only apparent physical injury on her was a slight cut at the corner of her mouth, officers said. Both Morris and her former husband, Emus Powell, were be- iaf questioned, ROMOB said. Fow- eU knew Sptumg incident, he uM. Neighbors an aba being questioned. Jimmy Spann Fund Rises A total of has been re- ceived in contributions to the Jim- my Spann Appreciation Fund through today.' More than in tickets have been sold for the benefit midnight movie Friday at the Paramount Theater. Tickets for the movie are stil being told and may be purchased from any Abilene policeman, wom- en meter checkers, or at the box officeVet any Interstate Theater here. Contributions to the fund are ac- cepted at the Abilene Reporter- News office. Checks should be made payable to the Jimmy Spann Appreciation Fund. 'Contributions previously acknowl- edged: 'Anonymous .10.00 E. F. Creech, Laredo, former Abilene police sgt. 10.00 Deluxe Motel, Stamford S.OO Primary Department, First Christian Church Total 10.00 Political Fight Flares Over Report on Clark 3 HERE, 2 THERE Five Diplomats Tossed Out In U.S., Russian Exchange SETS RECORD Sherry Price of Addington, Okla., smashed her -own- all-time record 'of 19' seconds flat in the girls', .barrel .race. at.the.Texas.Cowboy :Reunion ;at Stamford Monday night. Her time was 18.7 seconds. See story, page 1-B. (Staff photo by Duane Howell) Traffic Deaths Below Estimate WASHINGTON IB-Three Rus- sian diplomats one of them at- tached to the Soviet delegation at the United Nations have been thrown out of the United States during the past six months on charges of spying. The Russian government, the By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Final figures on accidental deaths showed the July 4th week- end to be far safer and saner than expected. Traffic fatalities especially were well below indications, the total of 34JI with _ the-forecast of 430 made by the NationaTSafety Council. These totals were for the 78-hour period from pjn. Friday until midnight Monday. Spectacular Evidence Ned H. Dearborn, president of the council, said the comparatively low traffic toll was "spectacular evidence of a trend which has been apparent all this year. Every month, has shown a decrease in traffic deaths from the same month last year. "We are encouraged to believe combined efforts are bringing about better traffic beahvior." The council said its forecast had been compiled in the same way as in the past, based on experience with other holiday tabulations. The all-time high mark for a three-day July 4th weekend was 366 in 1952. The four-day toll of 491 in 1950 was considered more typical, the council said, producing a range in estimates of 420 to: 460 which was reduced to a final calculation for this year of 430. Said Ike Helped "Had it not been for the em- phasis placed on the drive safely campaign, including President Ei- senhower's message last Thursday, we would have had a normal toll of more than the council said in a statement. Drownings and miscellaneous ac- cidents, including fireworks, raised the violent death toll to 620. The BORDER INCIDENT Czechs Offer to Trade 7 Yanks for 3 Laborers BAERNAU, Germany W-Ger- maa border police said today that Ctech authorities have offered to trade seven U.S. soldiers they ar- rested Sunday for three members of a Czech labor gang who fled to the West over the weekend. Ctech border jolice grabbed the Americans six enlisted men and a captain on leave when they came too close to the border while sightseeing. WHAT'S NEWS ON THE INSIDE UNUSUAL fea- tures of new-Abitene home ex- hibit the tosts of present- day building in Ton. at. 4-A. Com- munitt threat In'Southeast Asia has toned the Untted States into a dilemma on what to about it. How much Mp caiehH cold and Abilerw owner fawd with by yourg d lha U. S. foreign pottcy moy ba.more Hans Buettner, a disbrict com- mander of the German border po- lice, said the Czechs made their swap offer, at a border meeting with the Germans this morning. U. S. Army officials at Heidel- berg said they had no knowledge of the reported offer. Buettner told newsmen he would have a second meeting with the Czechs at the border near here later today.. 'We have.been told by Ameri- can authorities not to make any he said. He said the three Czechs who fled across are being held by the Germans, in the Weiden area, near here. He said one was accused of murder by the'Czech police. He. said fwr Czechs were present at the morning -nieeting. "There may have been more in the vicinity but they must have been be added. U.S. authorities said earlier at Heidelberg that they were pressing for the release of the ttvea Amer- icans. They refund to iwfMl tMr identities. Army authoritta are in communication with, the Cwcta and an tryiag to obtain tte re- lease of UN men." They wooU Associated Press survey listed 189 drowned and 83 killed in miscel- laneous accidents. Four in .the miscellaneous category were from Sreworks. The toll by states (traffic, drown- ing and Alabama 13 7 1, Arizona 10 0 0, Arkansas S 7 California' 31 IS 2, Colorado 112, Connecticut S 0 i, Delaware 210, Florida 11 S 1, Georgia 11 5 0, Idaho 100, Illinois 9 S 4, Indiana 14 7 5, Iowa 52 1. Kansas S 1 0, Kentucky SSI, jouisiana 1 9 2, Maine 1 S 2, Maryland 5 2 2, Massachusetts 3 2 5, Michigan 33 8 6, Minnesota 3 4 1, Mississippi 851 Missouri 7 8 3, -Montana 4 5 0, Nebraska 1 1. Nevada 1 New Hampshire 232, New Jersey 10 2 1, New Mexico 221, New York 996, North Carolina IS 9 0, North Da- kota 101, Ohio 20 2 4, Oklahoma 520, Oregon 1 01, Pennsylvania 14 24, Rhode island 1 0 0, South Carolina 4 14 3, South Dakota 2 0 o, Tennessee 564. Texas 24 13 4, Vermont 1 0 0, Virginia 7 3 4, Washington 34 1, West 2 2, Wisconsin 962, Wyoming 1 1 0. Texas Holiday Toll Up lo 54; 24 in Traffic Texas' huge Fourth of July cele- welter of picnics, fish- ing trips, political rallies, baseball games, and miscellaneous enter- at least 54 persons dead Tuesday. Of the reported fatalities, 24 were in traffic accidents, 14 were from drowning, and 11 per- sons were shot to death. Tuesday morning the death toll from accidents on the highways was mounting toward the 31 pre- dicted by N. X. Woeraer, chief of division of the Department of Safety.' The count was for the hours a.m. July 3 through p.m. July S. City Warns: Take Signs Off Corners will be filed against owners who fail to remove adver- tising signs which violate the city's "blind comer" ordinance. That warning was given Tuesday by Police Capt C. A. Veteto. He pointed out that it is unlaw- ful to nave a sign'taller than 2Vi feet on the ground, either at the front property line or in the park- way. By "parkway" is meant that area between the street curb and the private property line. Veteto Jias called the wholesale gasoline distributors, asking them to notify all their stations of this ordinance. He said the distributors to de so. corn- signs blocked vision of driven and Veteto said. A hanging sign is legal if it doesn't come any closer to the sidewalk than seven feet. Trees, shrubs, other plantings and structures also can constitute "blind comers." An obstruction of any kind may be classed as in violation regard- less of whether it is at an inter- section or elsewhere in a block. The Parent-Teacher Association has been working with the City Commission in seeking elimination of all "blind corners." Citizens Bank To Open Bids Bids will be .received, Wednesday afternoon on all phases of work for the new eight-story Citeen. National Bank Building to be erected at the corner of Fourth and Cypress. A two-story tower is planned above the eighth floor. Estimated cost of the building has been set at two and one-half million dollars by Bank Pnaident Malcolm Meek. This figure in- cludes the ant of the building site. A two-sjory ixiOding will afco be erected the Berth rids of tht location. BHs wfll be received at 11. m. in the bank lobby. George DehL general architect for the project, witt be present for the btd-reeehr- Wednesday. Six Ballots Cast In Primary Election Absentee' voters ia the July 14 Democratic primary election got an early start Tuesday morning, first day for casting absentee bal- lots. Six ballots were cast in the coun- ty clerk's office before noon Tues- day. Mrs. Chester county clerk, said a total of 31 ballots have so far been mailed out to ap- plicants who do not expect to be in the city the day of election. First absentee ballots were mailed Sunday, which was 10 days be- fore the election date. Wednesday, July 11, will be the last day for casting absentee bal- lots. State Department claims, has now retaliated by making espionage charges against two members of be U.S. diplomatic mission at Moscow and forcing their with- drawal. The two Americans are military officers, as were the two Russians ousted from the embassy here. the State Department declined to disclose any: of the evidence against-the Soviets, but Press Of-: leer Henry. Suydam said, "We got he goods on them and out they went" The incident which the State'De- partment announced late yester- day, after months of silence on the ouster of the alleged Russian spies, had more than ordinary signifi- cance because of the policy situa- tion which is developing among Russia and the Western Powers. The Kremlin has been making a big play for'British and French cooperation in an obvious effort to place heavy strains on the West- ern alliance. Every evidence of difficulty between Washington and Moscow coming at such a time car- ries the risk of widening Western differences by emphasizing differ- ing relations with the Soviet Union. The two Americans whom the Russians accused of having en- gaged in "espionage work" are Lt CoL Howard L. FefchUn of New York City and Arlington, Va., who was assistant military attache at Maj Walter HcKnney of Santa era, Calif., the assistant, air attache" The Soviets declared them "per- sona non grata" or on July 3. The United States rejected the charge as "baseless" in a note yesterday, but it informed Russia they would be withdrawn. Maj. McKinney is on vacation outside Russia and will not return. Col. Felchlin will leave the Soviet capital Thursday. He will fly to Berlin with Ambassador Charles E. Bohien, who is going on a month's leave. A letter published in the Soviet trade union newspaper Trud on March 25 accused Felchlin and Mc- Kinney and; two other Americans: Trud said the Americans had left behind on a train, after a trip to Vladivostok, an intelligence report on the main cities and stations between Moscow and Khabarovsk. The U.S. Embassy at Moscow de- clined comment at the time. The three Russians whose ouster from the United States was dis- closed were named by the State Department as: Cmdr. Igor A. Amosov, assistant naval attache. Soviet Embassy, who was declared personally un- acceptable last Feb.: and left Feb. Alexander P. Kovlyov, second secretary of the Soviet delegation to the United Nations, who was asked to leave-on Feb. 3 and who departed Feb. 10.' U. Col. Leonid E. Pivner, assist- ant air attache. Soviet Embassy, ordered on May 29 to leave this country. He left June 6. Pivuev's name news- papers on at least two occasions lunng his stay in the United States, once when he attended the 951 Detroit air races and last April when be attended a meeting jf the Baltimore chapter, of toe American Rocket Society to hear a discussion of the possibilities of atomic-powered flight The State Department announce- ment, while saying nothing of the kind of spying it accused these men of doing, suggested that the ulster of the American officers ran Moscow was a retaliatory move by the Russians. French, Yiefminh Schedule Third Session on Indochina HANOI, Indochina tB-Freuch Union-and Vietminh military rep- resentatives were scheduled to bold their third session at Trung Gia village today to continue mapping details of a possible Indochina cease-fire. (The New York .Tuna! in a dis- patch from Hanoi taid the two THE WEATHER ABILENE AND VICINITY Fife tmi hot mi Urmjnow. BUK sides bad agreed yesterday on a procedure for exchange of sick and wounded prisoners of war. The du- pilch said the first POW swap would be made on July 14, Bastille Day and France's national noli day.) The delegates met for the tint time in the "peace" village of thatched huts Sinday. The area declared a neutral zone, is aboo miles north of Hanoi in territory controlled by the Communist-led insurgents. The talks were understood to be concerned with regrouping of troops oa both sides hi case a truce is agreed on ia Geneva to haft the t-year-oW war. The dete- gaHni'f recommendations will be referred to the higher level Indo- china talks now going en ia Switz- erland. lo Saigon, Vietnamese Premier Ngo Dtah Diem formed a new cab- inet in an effort to rally popolar support behind chief state Baa Dai. Tte Premier to and interior Mer peslttsns himself. Other Cabi- net members, averagtag only yean ta are Vietnamese wWttot km shewn aa aiiipnasal attt- aftt bate toward ttaa French. ten. Yard Held as Burglar Apparent solution to five recent Abilene burglaries was announced Tuesday by city police. -Detective Capt. W. B. McDon- ald said a Ifi-year-oU local Negro boy was placed, in custody of ju- venile authorities. The youth made an. oral statement to adroit- ting the burglaries, McDoMld stated- _ .The burglaries Tie5 Boulte residence, North. St., two times, June IS and June 28, Mrs.-J. M. Warden's residence, S101 South Third St., June 33; Mrs. W..H. Shepherd, South Third St., twice; 'June 14 and June 29. At the Boulte home the loot in- Insurance Head Indicted For Perjury HOUSTON W. Ham- monds, president of the bankrupt Lloyds of North America Insur- ance Co., was indicted by the Harris County grand jury today tn three felony charges of perjury. The indionents allege Ham- monds filed false sworn statements with the State Insurance Commis- count alleges that Ham- sion. One monds made a false statement on Jan. 15, 19S3, when he laid the Houston firm had in cash convertible securities re- quired by law for an amendment application for license to sell insurance. The other charges allege that on Feb. 26, 19S3. and Feb. 1954, Hammonds made false 'statements in fiscal year reports concerning bt company's assets. One of the fiscal year reports, the indictment alleges, falsely placed, the value of mortgages on propery in Banders, Andenwn and Gusdalupe counties at fllO.WO. The second report listed first mort- gages owned by the company as being worth and being-free and dear of other daunt. Hammond voluntarily accepted receivership for the company last month after Texas Atty. Gen. John Ben Shepperd had taken the case into district court at Austin. Texas To Be Hot, By THE ASSOCIATED, PBXS8 Tuesday dawned hot and dry Texas with only Mated thooder- ibowen in the afternoon and eve- ning due to Utdegrea tem- perature levels across the stale. 'At dawn, of DM state already were hot wfth degree mark at Paiatiof and Gat vetUn the highest tUeimmmUi readings. the MB Moat temperature op wen in There waa BO raia W- twtea nhtrifbt and ajft that WM report-l at 4tay MMdny. Ftmcattt fcr Tseiday -a tow eluded a dgaret lighter, a watch and to m cath. Taken from the -Warden were a 1 bill, 45 pennies and two biil- Stolen -at the Shepherd home were two pairs of socks and a" pair of glasses. The youth toH police. HeDat Denocrab HilKealing'j 'Sneak Play' WASHINGTON W-A House Ju- diciary subcommittee, in a dis- puted report, criticized Justice Tom C. Clark today for declining to testify after be joined the Su- preme Court but said it bad turned op no proof of wrongdoing by dark while he was attorney The document drew immediate fin from Rep. Byron 6. Rogers one of the five subcom- mittee members, who said Chair- nun Keating (R-NY) pulled a "sneak play" by his "unwarranted political release of hit pro- posed libelous report." Rogers defended an ap- pointee of fanner President Tru- man, and said most of the report bad naj been approved in subcom- mittee or even considered by the parent judiciary group.' Pnhen TnnMea The report, dealing with the sub- committee's inquiry last year into operations of the Justice Depart- ment, said the investigators were because some contro- rersial actions were traced back to Clark. Clark was attorney gen- eral in before going to the ipi'mic Court. Keating said in an accompanying statement that Clark's faOnre to .estify was "unfortunate" because "we were dtfujved of the benefit ot any Jight which might have been bony answered, to. would ask for yard wrtt-If.aay-work' was given ha .would da it If nobody came'to the he proceeded ta burglar ize the place. entrance would be through a' door, other through windows. Policemen John Bosticfc and L B. McMaJters aided McDonald and Detective W. E. Clift on the investigation. McDonald said. He also credited the help of neighbors, who described .persons around the burglarized residences. County Juvenile Officer J. Tur- ney Sparks said Tuesday disposi- tion of the case is pending. The youth remained in the juvenile ward at county jaiL Sparks was trying to find the boy's who live elsewhere. Court to Explain Delegate Strength AUSTIN W-Tbe State Supreme Court was asked today to tell Tex- as Democrats how they should "fig- ure up delegate strength in-pre- cinct, county and state conventions this year. A test case from Beaumont came before the court on a petition for a writ of error from a ruling of the Ninth Court of Cml Appeals. At- torneys asked the Supreme Court to speed up action in its ruling" cause of the neamesi of the pn- The precinct conventions will be held July M, the same day as the Democratic primary. Comity con- venuons come Jury Jl and the state convartkn Sept. 14. sUL farmer member otPns- signatures of subcom- mittee meuibets in its major tkxn. At various points' were codtai% j en' name. Separate views also entered by two congressmen who were members of the full committee but not the subgroup. There was no explanation why the transmitted to the par- ent committee 11 months ago, has not yet been acted on there. The report said the subcommit- tee "found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing by Justice Clark at any point during his service in the (justice) said: department." Then it "It was troubled, however, by repeated suggestions in the testi- mony of his associates and sub- ordinates that some of the actions for which they have been criticized were traceable, ultimately, to him. "His testimony alone could have removed the last doubt that the responsibilities the subcommittee has placed on various department offitiab to rest, in every case, on-the right shoulders." The printed report summarized eight different phases of the sub- committee's investigation, includ- ing an invitation to Clark to appear before it ami testify. It reproduced letter from Keating sending the eight reports on to the full Judici- ary Committee last Aug. An- other letter by Rep. Chauncey W. Reed chairman of the full committes, and that with the ex- ception of one of the eight poi'Uuus, the subcommittee report "hat not received the consideration of the committee... and does not neces- sarily reflect the judgment or eon- GIs INDOCTRINATED? Ex-Army Information Men Won't Tell If Comunists WASHINGTON Two men who served in the Army's'Informs- tioa and Education division during World War II refused today to teU the Senate Internal Security sub- committee whether they had ever DMQ ConunuDutis- Two other witnesses nod tfcey encountered Red propaganda (R- The hor testified at pritfie 1 Bid) laid an strate' how ia tht formation aod Edattatto. dhrbaw. Mai to it pwpoM here ta Lute W. Wiln at Wd Mass., to say whether they wen Commaaitts when they served fa the irfarmaUea or btfon or Kerr, a b- whe hi tka at PUtett, Va. m I adtarefr tta sat we naj JHHH1 9m BBI arid FA. M Ihkm H   

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